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A La Carte (February 10)


It’s not the greatest day ever for Kindle deals, but there are at least a few there.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Prayer for Battling a Destructive Desire)

Pizza & Coke for Communion?

Clint Archer shares some valuable thoughts on celebrating the Lord’s Supper according to the biblical intent.

The FAQs: What You Should Know About Late-Term Abortion

Joe Carter has an FAQ on late-term abortion (following President Trump’s call to end it in his recent State of the Union address).

Pole Dancing

Though Ken Davis knows Jennifer Lopez will never read his letter, he has shared it anyway. “If the pole dancing segment of your show had continued on to portray the pain and abuse that such a life can lead to and ended with you warning young people not to be so enamoured with money, fame, and adulation then I would have been disappointed that I did not get to see it. As it is, you fed a false idea into young people’s imaginations that could very well lead them to think that there are no dangers, no downsides, no disappointments in choosing the pole that hides horrors too terrible to mention.”

The Death of Decency in the American Mind

Melissa laments what appears to be the end of decency in the American mind (and, further, I suppose, in Western society).

Picture a Triangle

“I appreciate full disclosure, but his advocacy threw some doubt on the stats he cited—that 4 percent to 5 percent of all adults are currently in consensually nonmonogamous relationships, for example. Or that almost 30 percent of adults under 44 see no problem with them. Maybe, maybe not. But the writer’s breezy disregard of marital norms is anything but serious…”

Will Hell Really Last Forever?

Writing for DG, Greg Morse answers some common objections to eternal punishment for those who do not turn to Christ. “That word which should make the most apathetic among the unforgiven weep, the strongest sweat blood, the youngest curl into the fetal position, the oldest break into madness to hear its footsteps so near, shook me. Who can rightly fathom it? Forever.”

A Truth Worth Defending

Though there is a sense in which this article is about fundraising for a ministry, it first helpfully shows how sexual norms are being erased and redrawn.

Flashback: A Quiz on the Doctrine of Salvation

How well do you know know the doctrine of salvation? This quiz is designed to help you find out.

Some anxiety is sinful, but there is a holy anxiety, a watchful worry that trembles for the welfare of the people of God and always prays with one eye open for their good.

—Dale Ralph Davis

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.